The occasional pimple is bad enough, but acne scars? Those are a whole different kind of trouble. Scars can develop as a result of breakouts and can linger long-term if they aren’t treated appropriately. Sadly, there’s little that can be done for these scars at home. However, treatments here at McLean & Potomac Dermatology can help, and we’re ready to offer them to you. Get in touch with one of our locations today to explore all of our options and get the smooth, beautiful skin you deserve.
What Causes Acne Scars?
Acne scarring is left over after an acne breakout. Excessive acne is caused by the buildup of bacteria in our pores. Genetics significantly affects how much acne and subsequent scarring we can have. After a flare-up, our bodies rapidly release collagen to counteract the damage our skin experiences. As a result of this rapid release, our skin becomes thicker and less flexible. Several types of scars can form as a result of breakouts:
- Discolored scars – This is when the skin appears red, purple, or brown. Scars that appear redder are fresher scars, whereas brown-colored scars are commonly a result of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Darker-skinned individuals are more prone to darker scars.
- Rolling scars – This type of indented scar tends to be shallower and softer to the touch. These scars may disappear when the skin is pulled taught. These scars tend to respond better to treatment than deeper scars.
- Ice-pick scars and boxcar scars – Ice-pick scars occur in the shape of a point, and boxcar scars appear wider with a flat base. These are considered deeper scars and are more difficult to treat.
- Hypertrophic scars – These scars become elevated above the skin.
How Do We Address Acne Scars?
We provide several options for addressing both acne and acne scars. Many of these options, including laser treatments, are non-invasive and can give you beautiful results without downtime. The proper treatment for you will depend on the severity of your scarring, which we will evaluate and discuss during your consultation.
What to Expect From Treatment
The proper treatment will depend on the extent of your scarring and whether or not you have active acne. Most of our treatments require several visits, typically taking less than an hour. In most cases, you won’t need downtime after acne treatment. We will discuss all pre-treatment and aftercare during your initial consultation.
Find Treatments for Acne Scars in McLean, VA, or Potomac, MD
We offer several treatments for acne scars here at McLean & Potomac Dermatology. Our options include laser treatments, microneedling, IPL, and more. Get in touch to determine the best treatment for you and what you can expect during your treatment course.
You can reach us by messaging us through the Klara app on this website or giving us a call at (703) 356-5111.